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Center on Youth Registration Reform

Profiled in the NEW YORKER's March 14, 2016 issue. See what else the Center is up to.

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Restorative Justice Project

Encouraging constructive responses to wrongdoing.

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Research and Action Center

Exploring community-based alternatives for youth and adults in the justice system.

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Impact Justice dares to dream of a humane and restorative system of justice in America. Through innovation, research, policy, and advocacy, we are forging a new path to a justice system that is fair to all of us.

Stay up-to-date on the future of criminal justice reform, with leading-edge research on everything from restorative justice and community-alternatives to incarceration to the devastating consequences of youth sex-offense registration.


Justice Data Accountability Project

 The Justice Data Accountability Project addresses growing concerns around the use of big data systems in law enforcement decision making.

For more information, please contact Joseph Broadus.

Building Justice Project

Impact Justice is partnering with legendary architect Frank Gehry and Susan Burton, founding Director of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project, to explore a role for architects in helping to end mass incarceration.

Homecoming Project

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Impact Justice is linking people recently released from prison to affordable housing opportunities through an innovative sharing economy model.

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Challenging the ‘Life Sentence’ of Unemployment Upon Re-Entry

It’s time to address one of the most common collateral consequences following individuals with criminal history records. Long after they have served their prison sentences, any sentence for criminal activity will, for many, ultimately become a life sentence of under- or unemployment. That destructive cycle needs to change, and businesses have a big role to play.

Reimagining Prisons with Frank Gehry

Renowned architect Frank Gehry, in collaboration with Yale School of Architecture, Impact Justice, and Susan Burton with A New Way of Life, taught a semester-long studio on architecture and mass incarceration. A dozen students presented their projects—designs for a humane prison—to a jury consisting of philanthropists, architects, and formerly incarcerated people.

Human Resources Generalist

Under supervision of the Director of People and Culture, the human resource generalist performs duties at the professional level in some or all of the following functional areas: benefits management, HR administration, employee relations, training, and payroll functions. This position requires an extremely perceptive person who is capable of relating to individuals at all levels within the organization. The generalist must be sensitive to organizational needs, employee goodwill and the program area needs.

Vice President of Finance

The Vice President of Finance (VPF) will be responsible for all financial accounting and reporting activities, along with cash management, budgeting, forecasting and analysis. This position will report directly to the President of Impact Justice. VPF will support the President in presenting financial compliance, forecasts and performance to the Board of Directors. The VPF will also consult with the Chief Financial Strategist, a consultant retained by Impact Justice. In addition, the VPF is supported by a Director of Finance and a financial team.

The Spirit of Restorative Justice

Sujatha Baliga found herself sitting in a room with a murderer and his victim’s parents, who had come seeking something more than punishment for their child’s killer. Sujatha, and the process of Restorative Justice, was uniquely positioned to help. She came to that meeting through rigorous academic training, and also through harrowing personal experience. She grew up in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania where she experienced ongoing sexual abuse by her father. As an adult, after several emotional breakdowns related to the early childhood traumas, she decided to travel to Dharamsala, India to visit the Dalai Lama. Through slim odds, she was granted an audience with the exiled leader. After listening to her story and hearing about the anger which had motivated her to become a prosecutor, he instructed her to do two things: meditate and consider the needs of those she calls her enemies. This encounter, and these instructions, inspired her to start a mindfulness meditation practice, which led her to forgive her father, and then to become one of the leading voices and practitioners of Restorative Justice.

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